Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on 23-year-old Mauro Icardi in order to bolster the Gunners strike force this summer. Arsene Wenger is eager to add to his squad after another disappointing season and a striker of his calibre is high on the wanted list.
Arsenal could finally land their man this summer after interest in recent years. According to the Daily Mirror Mauro Icardi could be available for £25million this summer which is a price tag that will not put off the London club, with Icardi ‘odds on’ to leave Inter this summer.
Icardi has one international cap when he came on as a substitute in October 2013 against Uruguay.
Arsenal will try and bring the Argentinian star to the Emirates this summer but will have to fend off the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United who have all been tracking the forward.
He certainly fits the bill for Arsenal and would fit into their system perfectly. Icardi is fast and tactically intelligent. Playing in England you have to be strong physically and he certainly is no light weight. Icardi has very good technique and an eye for goal. He likes to play off of his team-mates which would benefit players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez who like to play through the lines.
Arsene Wenger has also looked at Juventus striker Alvaro Morata as a potential target this summer. The Spain international is also a player Arsenal has tracked for several seasons. The Gunners are desperate to add to their squad after once again falling short for the league title and also in Europe. This is mainly because of the lack of firepower in front of goal and a number of wasted chances, the fans have been crying out for a striker ever since Thierry Henry left and may get their wish this summer.
Arsenal’s main striker Olivier Giroud has come under criticism lately after the striker has gone 15 games without scoring a single goal for Arsenal.
So how does Morata currently compare to Arsenal’s current strikers, will he be an improvement on Welbeck, Walcott & Giroud?
Arsenal have simply not scored enough goals this season and it has arguably cost them the league title. Danny Welbeck, who has been significant for the Gunners since his return scores an impressive 0.65 with Icardi just behind on 0.54 Giroud is third on 0.48 and Walcott last on 0.33 for goals scored per 90 minutes. Arsenal haven’t struggled to create chances this season, in fact they’ve created plenty. With the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the team who can always create something.
Giroud has created the most chances of the strikers with 1.36. Walcott and Welbeck cannot be separated after both scoring 1.13 and Icardi 1.07. Welbeck once again, is first with assists. He scores 0.32, which is very high for a striker. Giroud is second with 0.20. Icardi third 0.14 and Walcott last 0.13. A striker has to be able to beat his man in order to create a chance to score. Welbeck has an impressive 51.85% on successful take ons with Walcott just behind on 51.06%. Icardi is closely behind in third position 50% and Giroud not surprisingly last after comments about his movement etc. 41.67%.
Arsenal have fallen short going forward this season, they have really struggled to be clinical enough to win games and push on for titles. Welbeck once again is first with 69% shot accuracy which is all fairness very good for a striker. Walcott is second with 61%. Giroud third with 52% and Icardi last with 50%. Welbeck scores the highest score with 37.81 with total attack score; this is above average and is a very good score. If he was fit all season maybe Arsenal wouldn’t be in the position they’re now. Giroud is second with 25.02. Icardi is third on 22.08 and at the raw age of 23 years old will only improve. Walcott is last with 21.32 after a somewhat disappointing season.
In summary, Icardi would be a good signing for the Gunners, at only 23 years old he can only get better. He is still raw and could improve many aspects of his game but his prime years are yet to come. With Giroud and Walcott hitting blanks this season and both ageing a new striker is a priority this summer. The Gunners are clearly interested as they have been in recent seasons, but they’ll have to move quickly to secure their target with Chelsea, United and Liverpool waiting in the wings.